Moving workflows to Visual Studio Code

Since its inception two years ago Visual Studio Code has proven itself to be a remarkably versatile and adaptable editor. Its availability across Windows, Mac, and Linux also makes it appropriate for a number of different workflows that developers may have previously used terminals, editors, or IDEs for. This article explores a number of alternative…

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Azure Resource Manager simply allows you to configure and implement your infrastructure with a JSON Template.

I had a very interesting meeting with a University recently,  who were interested in using ARM Templates to deploy their teaching and learning environments. Azure Resource Manager Templates simply allow you to configure your infrastructure within a JSON format. Which can then be deployed via Powershell script or directly from within the Azure Portal. Here…

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Getting Started with Azure Design Patterns and Azure ARM Quick start templates

  So one  the most common questions I get is how do I get started with designing and implementing Azure for my resources Here a few of my favourite resources 1. The Cloud Patterns and Practices The Patterns and Practices resource depicts common problems in designing cloud-hosted applications and design patterns that offer guidance. Click…

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Azure and Linux deploying via Azure Resource Manager

  The Azure platform SLA applies to virtual machines running the Linux OS only when one of the endorsed distributions is used. All Linux distributions that are provided in the Azure image gallery are endorsed distributions with the required configuration   See: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/virtual-machines-linux-endorsed-distros?toc=%2fazure%2fvirtual-machines%2flinux%2ftoc.json Azure Endorsed Linux Distributions Images on Azure Marketplace – https://azuremarketplace.microsoft.com Azure MarketPlace…

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Saving your Azure $ by auto shutting down your services

As you all know I love talking about the Azure DevTest Labs environments. These prebuilt VMs and service environments are so perfect for education. They provide a full self-service sandbox environment in Azure which allow you to quickly create Dev/Test environments while minimizing waste and controlling costs. So as an academic or IT team you…

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Overview of the Azure Resource Manager Template Development Workflow

  So at present I’m supervising a number of industry student projects and the teams are now getting to deployment stage of the projects. We have been discussing with the teams the use of ARM templates to allow them to deploy their infrastructure via DevOps practices. I have discussed ARM templates in a number of…

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Using Azure Resource Manager Templates with the Azure Portal–Automation Scripts

Ok so one of the things I get asked the most about is what is Azure Well simply put  Microsoft Azure is a growing collection of integrated cloud services – analytics, computing, database, mobile, networking, storage and web – for moving faster, achieving more and saving money. Here’s what you can do with Azure… One…

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Using MATLAB MDCS, Generic Scheduler and Source control with Azure & VSTS

MATLAB® is a hugely popular platform used by students and educators to analyse and design systems and products. Typical uses of Matlab in Academia are as follows Creation of Cluster using MATLAB Distributed Computing Server ‘MDCS’ Matlab Distributed Computing Server is used on the cluster nodes and includes a built-in job scheduler that supports batch…

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Utilising Microsoft Azure Dev/Test Labs in your student projects and lab environments

  Dev Test labs – Build Preconfigured images for your labs Azure DevTest Labs is a service that helps educators and students quickly create environments in Azure while minimizing waste and controlling cost. You can test the latest version of your application by quickly provisioning Windows and Linux environments using reusable templates and artifacts. You…

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